Here Are the Nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards

Here Are the Nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards
It's time to start catching up on the movies you missed and start building up your theories about who will win, because the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards have finally been unveiled.

The end of 2015 was cram-packed with prestige pictures vying for an awards season nod, so much so that superproducer Harvey Weinstein even wrote an op-ed criticizing studios for overdoing it with the Oscar bait. Now it's all said and done, however, and the nominees are here.

The Best Picture category is packed with excellent choices, and will surely have you scrambling to answer correctly in your betting pool. The list features The Big Short, Bridge of SpiesBrooklyn, Mad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantRoom and Spotlight.

As for Best Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio has yet another chance to add a little gold statue to his mantle with a nomination for The Revenant. He's joined by a bunch of people who will try to block him yet again, with noms for Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).

The top choice for Best Actress is Brie Larson, who turned in an emotionally charged performance in Room. She's joined by Cate Blanchett (Carol), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).

Best Director nominees include Adam McKay for The Big Short, George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road, Alejandro Inarritu for The Revenant, Lenny Abrahamson for Room and Tom McCarthy for Spotlight.

Meanwhile, on the musical side of things, there are plenty of interesting contenders. Pop star Sam Smith joins fellow chart-topper the Weeknd in the race for Best Original Song, while Best Score is full of excellent work from Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight), Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario), Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant), John Williams (Star Wars: the Force Awakens) and Thomas Newman (Bridge of Spies).

Of course, we won't learn who gets to take home the little gold dudes until the Oscars air on Sunday, February 28 on ABC. Read the full list of nominations below.

Best Picture:
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Bridge of Spies
Spotlight
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road


Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actor:
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Directing:
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Original Screenplay:
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton


Original Score:
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Hateful 8
Sicario
Star Wars


Adapted Screenplay:
The Big Short
The Martian
Room
Brooklyn
Carol


Production Design:
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant


Best Supporting Actress:
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Costume Design:
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Giel
Mad Max
The Revenant


Best Original Song:
"Earned It" (50 Shades of Grey)
"Til It Happens To You" (The Hunting Ground)
"Writings On The Wall" (Spectre)
"Manta Ray" (Racing Extinction)
"Simple Song 3" (Youth)

Animated Film:
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep
When Marnie Was There


Best Animated Short Film:
Bear Story
Prologue

Sanjay's Super Team
We Can't Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow


Best Documentary, feature:
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter of Fire


Best Documentary, short subject:
Body Team 12
Chau Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann
A Girl in the River
Last Day of Freedom


Best Live Action Short Film:
Ava Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
Shok
Stutterer


Best Cinematography:
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Fury Road
The Rev

Youth

Best Visual Effects:
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: the Force Awakens


Best Sound Editing:
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Sound Mixing:
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: the Force Awakens


Best Makeup & Hairstyling:
Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
The Revenant


Best Film Editing:
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Foreign Language Film:
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Mustang (Frane)
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Theeb (Jordan)
A War (Denmark)